Alaska Natural Heritage Program Workshops and Trainings
Invasive Plant Workshop
Each spring, AKNHP organizes a two-day workshop for the National Park Service’s seasonal biotechnicians who will be working to identify and/or manage non-native plant populations. This workshop consists of one “classroom” day and one “field” day, and it is designed to educate technicians on the identification and ecological impacts of invasive plant species they are most likely to encounter in their respective parks.
Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) Outreach
Scientists and staff at KBNERR provide education, outreach, and training programs linked to ongoing research efforts in the Kachemak Bay area, in the hopesthat attendees will develop a better understanding, appreciation and stewardship of their local environment. These outreach programs include public discovery labs, interpretive hikes, brown bag lunch lectures from experts, training programs for decision makers, visits from elementary classes, outdoor family programs and much more.
Coastal Training Program
The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program (CTP) offers practical, science-based information, tools, and skill training to professionals whose daily decisions impact coastal resources. The program is a national initiative within the National Estuarine Research Reserve system which provides coastal decision-makers with the knowledge and tools needed to address critical resource management issues of concern to local communities.
The KBRR Coastal Training Program maintains partnerships with local communities, agencies, and science experts, while collaborating with colleagues nationwide at other National Estuarine Research Reserves. The program consists of workshops, skill training, webinars, and technical assistance. Assessments of community needs, emerging coastal research, and coastal management issues help shape training and workshop priorities.